Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also that I shall deviate to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening battle although I enjoy the Irish. Besides the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a win and at least IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, so will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville used to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to alter the culture and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new attitude on creating a statement and this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to expect they will not be taken by that the Irish and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an inept trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this case they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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